Joseph Campbell

“Creative artists … are mankind’s wakeners to recollection: summoners of our outward mind to conscious contact with ourselves, not as participants in this or that morsel of history, but as spirit, in the consciousness of being. Their task, therefore, is to communicate directly from one inward world to another, in such a way that an actual shock of experience will have been rendered: not a mere statement for the information or persuasion of a brain, but an effective communication across the void of space and time from one center of consciousness to another.”

This excerpt speaks of the role of artists: “mankind’s wakeners to recollection”. How true this is! As human beings we know – perhaps deep, deep down – that we are connected via this intangible and wonderful wave of consciousness. And the artist – the stirrer of souls – can remind us of this.

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